Thursday, September 26, 2013

yellow # 2 also "me on Me

I feel pressure when I go up to the Sketch Club. The people there, a few of them young, are very nice but they just draw the model, nothing more.  I use the model as a "spark of life- from life" to fight off my compulsive stylization. A few years back (out of frustration) the notion came that I should just purify myself of all the dogmas imposed by my teachers.  I took great pleasure in inverting every rule. Especially those rules given to me without explanation.  The biggest "joy-giver" was assuming my power over the model.  Showing the model in my own pure emotion towards him/her- hate, affection, etc.  I also became more obsessed with anatomy- doing my interpretation of it as I was learning it. When the models occasionally got to see a drawing of mine some seemed excited that I was doing something different. Others, I think, felt a certain sense of violation. I was not in some academic way trying to depict them, but drawing them as I personally perceived them.  I was drawing with such a heavy hand I may have wanted through brute strength to force out anything that I deemed a heresy.  Anything that could possibly hinder my complete isolation.
However that is what is so different in my current drawings.  I have been pushing the line back calming myself and I've picked yellow to depict that-it seems to me one of the lighter colors.  I want to let in the page.  Give different parts of the figure stronger representation or focus on them.  I have been all over the place with my ideas however I decided that the human figure is something I want to strictly focus on and make it my domain.
PS I haven't really been naming the pieces but I would like to call one of them "Concubine."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A family that paints together

The opening page of my book-to-be about Jheronimus Bosch. The idea is to humanize the man and show him in the context of his time and his family, which consisted of painters. I left out the older generation (his father and three uncles), so this is situated around 1482, when it is up to the three brothers Van Aken to continue the workshop. Nothing is known about the middle brother Jan, so i figured he was the least talented and set to work as an assistant. The oldest, Goessen, has been noted as a master painter and was of course the head of the company. Jheronimus (Joen for short) was the youngest, so that may explain his late mastership despite his extraordinary talent - there was no direct necessity for him to set up his own business at that point. Remarkable is that Goessen's wife Katelijn was also active as a painter, a fact which is known because of invoices paid to her person. Jheronimus's wife Aleid is not pictured here. (she was not a painter) One of the myths around Bosch is that he was some kind of singular genius, working alone. That is a misconception from the 19th century. Artists worked in teams in those days. Always. So one reason why no separate works by the other family members are known, may well be because they participated in the ones known as painted by Bosch.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Busy-Busy and The Borg

Hi, everyone! Sorry, it's been forever since my last post. The Kickstarter short film I did the demonic Tarot cards for (you probably don't remember) got funded, so they're moving on to make their feature. I should be doing more work for them soon:

 I've been very busy with freelance- all table top RPG stuff. It's really fun work. Here are some examples (I'll stick to drawings with monsters in them):

 In my free time I drew a portrait of Ernest Borgnine. Always wanted to draw The Borg. Reminds me, I need to see an uncut version of "The Devil's Rain" at some point.

 Here's a doodle I did while on jury duty (we did nothing all day and got sent home):

 And that's it for now. I headlining my first gallery show- small gallery in NYC- so I'm busy prepping illustrations for that. I want to produce some new work for it, but it's on October 3rd, so I don't have much time. I probably should have figured out how to get 60+ drawings framed before now. Never had to do this for a show, so I'm pretty clueless. Also, working on the Firefly RPG. Bye for now!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Quack quack munch munch

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde, for the medical techniques described in their report "Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam" — techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck. [THAILAND] REFERENCE: "Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam," by Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde, American Journal of Surgery, 1983, no. 146, pp. 376-382.

From: the Ig Nobel Prices 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alle Heiligen - All Saints

Coming soon, in Dutch, Danish and English, my new book:

Friday, September 06, 2013

Al Kitab

Hello freax

then i finally did a book with silkscreen printing of my stuff
most of it is scrapboard with some pen drawings, i put here all my best (i hope so) made these past 2-3 years (which is not a lot actually) & try to make it coherent (so it's all about kind of apocalyptic landscapes)

some of these drawings have been published in various zines : hopital brut, excessive voyeurisme, vomitorium & popper magazine

now i'm working on a new book in the same way with Zeke, which is gonna be amazing!

it's printed on black, red & white paper, with opposite colors, not a lot as i prefer doing well simple than too much colors badly. Cover is 3 color including gold

you can see more pictures here :